British teen is country’s first jailed for Facebook bullying


By Helen Carter
The Guardian
Malvern, Worcestershire — A teenager who posted death threats on Facebook has become the first person in Britain to be jailed for bullying on a social networking site.

Keeley Houghton, 18, of Malvern, Worcestershire, has been sentenced to three months in a young offenders’ institution after she posted a message saying that she would kill Emily Moore. She pleaded guilty to harassment.

On 12 July, Houghton updated her status on Facebook to read: “Keeley is going to murder the bitch. She is an actress. What a fucking liberty. Emily Fuckhead Moore.”

Moore, also 18, had been victimised by Houghton for four years, the court heard, and had previously suffered a physical assault as well as damage to her home.

Worcester magistrates court heard how two days before the threat was made, Moore was in The Vaults pub in Malvern when she saw Houghton staring at her. Sara Stock, prosecuting, said: “Later when Emily was sitting on her own the defendant came over and sat next to her and asked her: ‘Are you Emily Moore? Can I have a huggle?’ Emily told the defendant to leave her alone otherwise she would call the police. Keeley then told her: ‘I’ll give you something to ring the police about.’ “Full story.

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